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#1 Vanguards

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 05:04 AM

Upcoming Class Tuning Changes - 1/24/17
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

As we prepare for the opening of Mythic Nighthold, we're planning another round of balance tuning for a few specs. These will be applied with the next weekly maintenance.

Druid
Feral
Increased the damage of most Feral spells and abilities by 8%. (Ashamane's Frenzy, Brutal Slash, Ferocious Bite, Maim, Moonfire, Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Rip)
Designer Notes: Feral's playstyle feels good, but isn't putting up the numbers that it should be, so we're giving them an across-the-board damage buff.

Hunter
Combat Experience (Pet Passive) now increases the damage of primary pets by 60% (up from 50%).
Designer Notes: This is primarily a damage buff to Beast Mastery, but will have a tiny benefit to Survival and occasionally Marksmanship as well.
Marksmanship
Arcane Shot now generates 8 Focus (up from 5).
Multi-Shot now generates 3 Focus per target hit (up from 2).
Sidewinders damage increased by 33%.
Designer Notes: Marksmanship has given a lot of feedback that the rotation often winds up casting too many consecutive Focus generators. We are making two changes: first, helping avoid that problem by increasing the Focus generation of Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot. Second, making it more attractive to use Sidewinders in more situations, for players who prefer the pacing of the rotation with that talent.

Mage
Arcane
Increased the damage of most Arcane spells and abilities by 5%. (Arcane Barrage, Arcane Blast, Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Orb, Nether Tempest, Supernova)
Overpowered now increases the damage and mana cost bonuses of Arcane Power to 60% (down from 70%).
Amplification now increases Arcane Missiles damage by 12% (down from 15%).
Designer Notes: Arcane has been doing well in 7.1.5, but its numbers are lacking a bit. We're giving them an across-the-board damage buff, but tempering that with small reductions to a couple new talents that are proving to be too strong.
Fire
Pyroblast mana cost reduced by 20%.
Flamestrike mana cost reduced by 17%.
Designer Notes: Under certain circumstances, it was possible for Fire to run out of mana. It's only intended that mana is a constraint on Fire's utility, not its damage.
Frost
Comet Storm damage increased by 24%.
Flurry now fires its missiles faster.
Designer Notes: Comet Storm is failing to live up to expectations, so we're buffing its damage. The Flurry change will help Flurry feel more responsive, while simultaneously solving a potential issue where Winter's Chill could apply to two Ice Lances (instead of just one, as intended) at extremely high Haste levels.

Monk
Brewmaster
Keg Smash damage increased by 10%, and it no longer deals reduced damage to 6+ targets.
Breath of Fire damage increased 11%.
Designer Notes: Brewmasters could use a bit of help on damage, especially in AoE.

Paladin
Retribution
Crusade now increases damage and Haste by 3% per stack (down from 3.5%).
Blade of Justice damage increased by 20%, unchanged in PvP.
Designer Notes: Retribution's total damage is looking quite strong in 7.1.5, which is fine on its own. However, how that damage is delivered matters quite a bit as well. We've been seeing more and more that Paladins find that the optimal way to maximize their performance is to focus everything they can on boosting their damage during Crusade. This creates a number of problems, including: Crusade feels mandatory, your damage feels very unrewarding outside of Crusade, trinkets and artifact traits are viewed as either amazing or terrible based on whether they synergize with Crusade, and others.

As such, we're going to tone down Crusade, and compensate with a buff to Blade of Justice. For those that had maximized Crusade to an extreme degree, this may result in a small overall nerf – this is intended. This change also helps prevent Divine Hammer from being too dominant in single-target situations.

Warlock
Destruction
Chaos Bolt damage increased by 9%.
Rain of Fire damage increased by 30%.
Cataclysm damage increased by 29%.
Designer Notes: Destruction's damage isn't as high as it should be. In particular, some of its spells that should feel the most rewarding aren't hitting hard enough, especially in AoE situations. We're buffing the damage of those spells.

As always, there may be additional PvP-only tuning applied along with these changes. We'll share details on any such changes once they've been determined.


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#2 Sdrawkcabz

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 10:44 AM

As always, there may be additional PvP-only tuning applied along with these changes. We'll share details on any such changes once they've been determined.


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#3 andiwache

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:54 PM

Hmm... I'm not sure... do these pve changes affect also the pvp-templates?


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#4 Atosy

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:43 PM

Yes.


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#5 Conditions

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:23 AM

Druid
Feral
Increased the damage of most Feral spells and abilities by 8%. (Ashamane's Frenzy, Brutal Slash, Ferocious Bite, Maim, Moonfire, Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Rip)
Designer Notes: Feral's playstyle feels good, but isn't putting up the numbers that it should be, so we're giving them an across-the-board damage buff.

 

Tfw they introduce PvP templates but then buff feral across the board because it doesn't perform well in Nighthold.


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#6 onurer1994

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:50 AM

Yeah ferals doesnt perform well they cant kill you in the opener as jungle they have to wait second go ...


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#7 Buddha

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 07:28 AM

the way they justify those changes just prooves they're completely out of touch with their own game's design, even in a PvE standpoint.

All this pointless buffing and nerfing 24/7 with random changes to "see if it works" are just retarded.


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#8 Imtaz

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 08:22 AM

Really wonder why there even is a PTR server if blizzard lets changes like shadow priest nerf or ferocious wound stacking go live

 

Anyway everything comes back to: blizzard is clueless


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#9 DkH.ZeRa

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

Updated the original post with a couple of additions/revisions:
 

  • Arcane Mage: Damage increase on most spells went from 5% to 8%
  • Fire Mage: Damage of most spells increased by 3%
  • Frost Mage: Comet Storm damage increase went from 24% to 30%, and damage of most spells increased by 4%

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:23 AM

Really wonder why there even is a PTR server if blizzard lets changes like shadow priest nerf or ferocious wound stacking go live

 

Anyway everything comes back to: blizzard is clueless

 

 

Are there even people playing arena at the ptr?


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